Advantages of Geothermal Heating The onset of fall signals a good time to start thinking about heating your home during the cold winter months. According to the Department of Energy, the average family in the United States spends roughly $1,900 a year on utility bills. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy gets wasted. The secret to saving energy and money is to search for energy efficient improvements for your home. A Myrtle Beach geothermal home comfort system uses the abundant source of free solar heat energy stored in the earth. It uses a series of pipes (an earth loop) buried in the ground to transfer that heat into a home during the winter. According to the specialists at WaterFurnace, most systems are easy to install in both new and retrofit situations. In addition to the ground loop , which can run horizontal or vertical, the system also requires ductwork to dispense conditioned air through the Myrtle Beach home or business. Although the original investment in a geothermal system may be more than the investment in a regular system, the long-term return on that investment ensures it is one worth making. The energy source is both free and renewable, and the typical system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for a traditional system. For most homes, the payments connected with installing the new system will be totally covered by the monthly savings from having an energy-efficient geothermal system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers geothermal systems to be one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems available. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Myrtle Beach geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, calculate your heating and cooling needs and assess your property to decide the best location for your loop system. If you own a house that does not have an existing duct system, your geothermal dealer can simply retrofit your home to include one. Once installed, a geothermal system requires less maintenance than a conventional heating and cooling system and operates more efficiently, delivering an impressive five units of energy per one unit of electrical energy used. That converts to a 500 percent efficiency rating and savings up to 70 percent for heating, cooling and hot water costs. Another bonus -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and emit no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners experience added comfort, enhanced indoor air quality and less noise as they lessen their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact J & J Air today or talk to one of our experts at 843-281-9595.